December 2016 Around Town 2

 

CITY OF BRENTWOOD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The City of Brentwood recently unveiled a redesigned website. The site, which can be accessed at BrentwoodTN.gov, is built on a new powerful and user-friendly content management system that will help users better navigate the site.

“This has been in the works for a while now.  Launching a new city website for Brentwood that is fresh, new, and easy to use has been a top priority,” said Assistant City Manager Jay Evans who has led the website renovation project. “The new site has so many dynamic features, including a totally new look and feel. In this era of immediate information delivery, this will really help make Brentwood City Hall accessible 24/7.”

Some of the new features include:

Large navigation icons

Most popular pages front and center

Links to meetings and agendas

New Notify Me! Feature

The homepage provides quick access to the most popular services, such as the Brentwood Library and Parks pages, construction updates, contact info, a payment portal, job opportunities and news and information. A calendar displays events and city-sponsored meetings. Responsive web design allows content to be displayed properly on both mobile devices and desktop computers.

The website also features an interactive map that allows users to locate parks, points of interest, and resources across the city. Brentwood’s Social Media accounts will also become an interactive tool with the new website.

CITY EXPANDS GREEN SPACE AND RECREATIONAL RESOURCES WITH PAIR OF NEW PARKS

The City of Brentwood opened two new parks online in recent week. Brentwood City Flagpole Park located at 1560 Mallory Lane is a nine-acre park with trails, a half-basketball court, restrooms, and two athletic fields, which will be ready for use in the spring of 2017.  Wikle Park is a 15-acre park located at 7042 Wikle Road West and features a playground, an open play area, a walking/jogging trail, restrooms, and two picnic tables under a gazebo.  Each park is open from dawn to dusk.

“Brentwood is dedicated to making sure we have green space in our community and this … is just another example of our commitment,” says Brentwood Mayor Regina Smithson.

The parks are located on property that sits parallel to Interstate 65, between the Mallory Business Park and Wikle Road West. There are four residential neighborhoods in this area on Brentwood’s west side. During the development of the 90-acre business park over the past decade, 24 acres were donated to the city by the Speyer family to serve as a buffer to the nearby neighborhoods.

“This is an example of great planning,” according to Wood Caldwell a principal at Southeast Venture, who represents the Speyer family. “We are thankful that the City of Brentwood rezoned this property in 2012 to allow us to incorporate some green space with the business park.”

Hodgson Douglas worked with the city to design the parks. Division 2 was the building contractor. The total cost of the two parks was $1.7 million.

Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, nearby families participated in an early morning exercise class provided by the Be Healthy Challenge. For more information about Brentwood Parks, call 615.371.2208.

NEW SAFETY FEATURES UNVEILED AT SMITH PARK

Fifty-eight emergency 911 markers are now located inside Brentwood’s Marcella Vivrette Smith Park at 1825 Willson Pike. The wooden posts are located every tenth of a mile along the six miles of walking and hiking trails at the park. Each post has a 3×5 inch orange and black sign with a letter and number code. This code can be relayed to a 911 operator in order to expedite emergency response if needed while in the park.

“The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department is always searching for different ways to increase safety and service to our citizens and visitors,” says Chief Brian Goss. “This program is a simple and economical way to potentially save someone’s life”.

Brentwood is one of only several cities in the entire state to implement this type of system.

Brentwood Fire and Rescue Engineer and Paramedic Tony Dixon, completed this trail marker project for Smith Park. This pilot project was done in conjunction with the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.  Dixon is the first Tennessee graduate of this prestigious program.

It is important that citizens use 911 for immediate public safety assistance. Non-emergency service requests should be directed to 615.371.0160.